Seemingly intimate with the ways of gardeners, Earle Birney in a poem about visiting for the first time Al Purdy’s Ameliasburg (collected in Rag and Boneshop) supplies a horticultural image in touch with the growing process:
And Mark Doty brought a singular poppy gathered from School of the Arts and pressed between the pages of Fire to Fire.
|Pink fist.||Iron frill.|
|Essential frippery.||Fierce embroidery.|
|Core decor.||Severe extravagance.|
|Lip of otherness.||Evidence.|
And a spray from Amy Lowell: “The evening primrose, comrade of the stars.”
And so for day 1024